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Five Great Chicken Pickers

Ted Drozdowski
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06.23.2014

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When it comes to the six-string art of chicken pickin’, the “buk-buk-buk” stops here, with five of the hottest chicken pickers alive. Although the technique is seemingly simple — a matter of plucking a note downward and outward while muted, the hitting it again with an upstroke — it is difficult to master. But these guys are today’s undisputed masters of the most fowl playing style ever.
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Dismemberment Plan? 5 Ridiculous Band Names and the Stories Behind Them

Russell Hall
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06.23.2014

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Oftentimes the logic behind a band name is clear—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath are all based in logic we understand—but some names leave us scratching our heads.
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GuitArcheology: Vintage Gibson Print Ads

Michael Leonard
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06.22.2014

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In 2013’s social media world of texting, Tweeting, Facebook-liking and general online sharing, marketing guitars is now a rich process. Back in the day, guitarists were not so well served. If you wanted to see a new guitar model, you’d have to go to your local music store. And, if you bought a guitar magazine – as we’re sure, most guitarists still like to do – you’d see a print ad. But even after that, you’d go to your music store. So, what about those classic print ads?
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Slowpen: Eric Clapton’s Songwriting

Ted Drozdowski
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06.21.2014

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Most of us would be content playing guitar as well as Eric Clapton during his Cream years. But Clapton was yearning for more as an artist. He left Cream in search of his creative destiny, and while he failed to find it in Blind Faith, he felt the right path beneath his feet when he struck up a friendship with Mississippi native Delaney Bramlett and joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.
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First Dates: When Was My Vintage Les Paul Manufactured?

Russell Hall
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06.21.2014

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Ascribing production-date information to any musical instrument is a tricky proposition, but it’s especially true with electric guitars.
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How to Get Eight Different Bass Sounds from the EB Bass

Craig Anderton
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06.20.2014

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The EB bass may be only one instrument, but there’s actually a collection of eight basses inside. What makes this possible is what Gibson calls “tuned coil tapping,” a novel coil tapping design that provides two distinctly different tones for each pickup. With two pickups (neck and bridge), that’s a total of eight possible combinations.
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5 Tips to Survive Summer Music Festivals – Avoid Wackos and More!

Anne Erickson
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06.20.2014

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Whether you’re sweating through the boiling temps at Lollapalooza, fist-pumping at Mayhem Festival or rocking out at any of a bazillion festivals around the world this summer, festival preparation is crucial to having a good time.
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Behind the Slayer “Reign In Blood” Banjo YouTube Hit

Peter Hodgson
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06.20.2014

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Recently, social media lit up with a blazing cover of a thrash metal classic — the vicious “Raining Blood” from the mighty Slayer, performed on that most demonic of instruments, the ...banjo?
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Les Paul’s Favorite Les Paul – The Recording Model

Michael Leonard
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06.20.2014

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With input into some of the world’s most iconic guitars, you may think Les Paul’s favorite Les Paul would be a “legendary” one. An original ’52 Gold Top, maybe? Or a sunburst ’59 Standard? But no. Les Paul’s favorite was the Les Paul Recording model of the 1970s. It never sold particularly well. But to Les himself, it was the ultimate Gibson Les Paul.
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Tyler Ward on Touring and Dirty Socks

Andrew Vaughan
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06.20.2014

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Tyler Ward may have kick started his music career via YouTube (he’s one of the most popular acts on there) but he’s now a bona fide touring act.
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